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Maryland baseball: No. 11 Terps split pair with Michigan, 3-1 & 1-10

Maryland looked sharp in Game One, with strong pitching performances by Mike Shawaryn and Kevin Mooney. Brandon Lowe had a pair of RBIs, including his fifth home run of the year. Things turned out very differently in Game Two, as Michigan pummeled Terrapin pitchers.

Mooney got a clutch save in Game One
Mooney got a clutch save in Game One
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Today's two contests were Maryland's first away games in the B1G. They faced Michigan, whose head coach Erik Bakich was John Szefc's predecessor (see article).

Game One

The starters for the first game of the double header were Mike Shawaryn (5-0, 2.27 era) vs. RHP Jacob Croneworth (1-1, 2.79 era). In addition to pitching, Croneworth was Michigan's DH and lead-off hitter.

Terps take early lead

The Terps jumped on top in their half of the second. Nick Cieri singled through the right side. With two outs, Anthony Papio walked and Kevin Biondic singled through the middle to give the Terps a 1-0 lead. Leading off the next inning, Brandon Lowe crushed a low inside pitch for his fifth homerun of the game. Croneworth settled down and retired the next six batters.

Shawaryn looked locked in. Through four innings, the Wolverines managed just one hit and a walk, while fanning five times. Meanwhile Croneworth kept mowing down Terps, striking out nine in five innings.

There was a Michigan threat in the bottom of the fifth with two ours. Kendall Patrick was HBP and Eric Jacobson flared a single to right. But Shawaryn got Croneworth to sky to center.

In the top of the seventh, Tim Lewis walked and stole second. After Papio flied out, Biondic was HBP. Kengo Kawara walked to load up the bases. The Terps scored a run when Lowe flied out to left. and Maryland led 3-0.

Mooney puts out a major fire

Erik Jacobson hit a bloop double down the right field line. After Croneworth flied out, Jake Bivins was HBP. Jackson Glines hit a shallow single to load the bases. Tayler Stiles came in for Shawaryn to try to quell the threat. Shawaryn's line: 7.1 ip, 5 h, 1 r, 1 bb, 2hbp, 7k. After getting a pop out, Stiles hit Kyle Jusick to push across Michigan's first run. That brought in Maryland's closer, Kevin Mooney. Cody Bruner popped out to Biondic, and the Terps held onto a 3-1 lead.

Mooney retired the side easily in the ninth for the Maryland win.

Shawaryn moved to 6-0 in 2015, and Mooney got his third save. The Terrapins are now 18-5, 4-0 in the B1G. The win was Head Coach John Szefc's 300th.

Game Two

In the second half of the double header Bobby Ruse (4-0, 4.09 era) faced Michigan's RHP Ryan Nutof (1-2, 3.58 era).

Michigan goes yard for a 2-0 lead

With one out in the bottom of the third, Lugbauer hit a shot then one-hopped the wall for a triple. Jaconson grounded out weakly to Smith, and the runner held at third. But then Croneworth homered to right to put the Wolverines on top 2-0.

Nutof was mowing down Terrapin hitters, allowing only two singles and a walk through five innings.

Things came apart for the Terrapins in the fifth

In the bottom of the fifth, Jusick flared a single to left, which was followed by a solid single by Kevin White. A wild pickoff throw by Martir advanced the runners to second and third. Lubauer walked to load the bases. At that point Ryan Selmer came in to pitch for the Terps.  Jacobson singled in a run to make it 3-0. It got worse. Croneworth drove in three more with a triple: the Wolverines led 6-0. Bivins singled in Croneworth for a seven-run Michigan lead. Zach Morris relieved Selmer. A walk and a wild pitch put two more runners in scoring position. Benedetti skied out for an RBI. Bruder doubled in the Wolverine's ninth run.  Another single made it 10-0. A double play mercifully ended the inning.

The Terrapins just couldn't get anything going on offense. In all, they managed just five hits through eight innings. Only a two-out home run by Jamal Wade in the ninth prevented the Terps from being shut out.

Bobby Ruse took the loss to go to 4-1, and the Terps fell to 18-6 overall, 4-1 in the B1G.